Jet Set Go: What to Wear and Do in Isla Holbox and Marrakesh
If you’re going to get away, go far. We surveyed some of the most well-traveled people we know to find out which destinations left the biggest impressions. Two places kept coming up: Isla Holbox and Marrakesh. These sandy locales are indeed unlike anywhere else, and offer unexpected pleasures and time-tested leisure.
Here are our travel pros’ tips for what to do and what to pack. All that’s left for you to do is book your flight.
To-do lists and deadlines evaporate the minute your feet hit the pearly sands of diminutive Isla Holbox on the northern coast of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. Surrounded by sparkling aquamarine lagoons, it has a hidden-gem vibe that instantly hooks most visitors.
HIT THE BEACH
Lean into the allure of island life with bare shoulders and plunging necklines. Woven totes and lush florals look right at home with swaying palms. Asymmetric ruffled sleeves and tassel details catch ocean breezes, while a strappy one-piece serves double-duty on the playa and off. Just add SPF.
Lele Sadoughi Samba beaded drop earrings | Diane von Furstenberg wrap cover-up top | Eric Javits Corfu packable Squishee® straw hat | BOUND by Bond-Eye The Mara one-piece swimsuit | Ray-Ban Marshal 54mm aviator sunglasses | Truss woven stripe weekend tote | Lewit Rosa floral bow mule sandal | IRO Lalora high-waist lace-up shorts | Keepsake the Label asymmetric ruffle dress
STAY: Hotelito Casa Las Tortugas
Chic and inviting, this award-winning boutique hotel is full of charming design details. The laid-back owners are an Italian couple who fell in love with the island over a decade ago.
EAT: Mandarina Seaside Restaurant
Park your scooter and refuel at this beachfront oasis. Order a mezcal cocktail, hop on the free Wi-Fi and post snaps from the day while expert chefs work magic on organic, locally sourced fare.
SEE: International Public Art Festival
If you can bear to turn your back on the pristine beaches, you’ll be rewarded with evocative street art at every turn. Nicknamed Graffiti Island, Holbox hosts an annual public art festival that’s not to be missed.
RELAX: Agua Spa & Yoga Centre
The airy spa and yoga studio at Casa Las Tortugas offers luxe treatments with locally sourced organic ingredients like papaya and mint leaves. Earn your downtime with a paddleboard yoga session or slip right into relaxation mode with a toxin-drawing Mayan clay wrap.
A sunbaked, perfumed city beckons from the Sahara Desert, an intriguing mix of cultures and delights for all five senses. If you’re looking for a dazzling new perspective, look no further than Marrakesh.
Intense sunlight and prismatic surroundings call for an elegant wardrobe of timeless neutrals. Crisp white will pop in every snapshot, while hammered metal earrings cultivate a desert glow. Your oasis uniform: relaxed silhouettes paired with rustic, handcrafted accessories.
Leith tie-waist crop jumpsuit | Chelsea28 Audrey 60mm cat-eye sunglasses | BP. fringe ombré floppy straw hat | Onia check one-piece swimsuit | Vince Camuto Biminti slide sandal | See by Chloé stripe hoodie and shorts | Sole Society Market Canteen crossbody bag | Kendra Scott Diane drop earrings
STAY: El Fenn
Hand-stitched camel leather floors, carved cedar ceilings and saturated color surround you, making this exotic retreat the perfect place to get in touch with your inner aesthete.
Airy by day and intimate by nightfall, this stylish bistro keeps long hours and an extensive menu that ranges from vegetable-forward starters to an indulgent burger collection for the homesick.
SEE: Musée Yves Saint Laurent
Architecture inspired by couture? Yes, please! This new museum is a dramatic showcase for the legendary designer’s work. Just next door is Le Jardin Majorelle, a stunning botanical garden restored by Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé.
SEE: Jemaa el Fna Medina
Perhaps the most well-known Moroccan scene, the bustling marketplace is no tourist trap, evolving throughout the day to enchant locals and visitors with live music, ornate handicrafts and fresh-squeezed citrus juices.